And so, General Clark would bring John C. Calhoun's notion of the concurrent majority to foreign policy decisionmaking.
Well, if I were president right now, I would be doing things that George Bush can’t do right now, because he’s already compromised those international bridges. I would go to Europe and I would build a new Atlantic charter. I would say to the Europeans, you know, we’ve had our differences over the years, but we need you. The real foundation for peace and stability in the world is the transatlantic alliance. And I would say to the Europeans, I pledge to you as the American president that we’ll consult with you first. You get the right of first refusal on the security concerns that we have. We’ll bring you in.
Rousseau would most likely be proud (that general will thing and all). Calhoun most likely would not, since he was at least an American patriot (whatever one thought of his political philosophy).
(link via Kevin Patrick)
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